Over 80 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system in multiple U.S. states are sexually or physically abused prior to incarceration. But their stories of abuse do not end there. Many young women continue to experience sexual and physical abuse by juvenile justice employees after being placed in juvenile detention.
The American immigration system is plagued by systemic gender inequality. Like many of the other failings in U.S. legislation and policy, the text of the law appears to be gender-neutral on the surface. The outcome is anything but equal.
At a time when nearly half the states have repealed the death penalty, Erica’s story illuminates the lives of many of the women who remain on death row and exposes the depravity of sentencing people to death.
Anouk Yeh, Santa Clara County’s 2021-2022 inaugural youth poet laureate, is proud of the megaphone she’s given to incarcerated youth through weekly poetry workshops on Zoom.
This week: Biden administration speaks on Black maternal health; all U.S. adults are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination; Derek Chauvin is convicted for murdering George Floyd; Senate passes bill to address anti-Asian crimes; Biden pledges to cut emissions in half; and more!
Kristen Clarke is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s nominee for assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.
In accepting her nomination, Clarke vowed to “turn the page on hate and closed the door on discrimination by enforcing our federal civil rights laws,” citing leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley as key influences.
Vanita Gupta is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s associate attorney general nominee. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Gupta would be the first woman of color to serve as associate attorney general.
Lisa Monaco is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s deputy attorney general nominee.
“The soul of the Justice Department lives in the integrity of its career professionals, in the independence of its investigations and prosecutions and in the principles it brings to bear as it stewards the ideal of justice in America.”
An ideal world is one in which the perceived harms and dangers of someone’s behavior aren’t met with life-threatening punishment, nor with actions that leave children parent-less. An ideal world is one without mass incarceration, where people are given the tools they need to heal and thrive without imprisonment.
If Trump were a woman, we would be hearing things like: “I told you women are too emotional to be president. We should have never let her run.”
In fact, if Donald Trump were a woman, I think it is safe to say we may never have a woman president again.